Linking self-awareness and relationship building

Posted on September 14, 2017 by Thought Leadership
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Building strong relationships is important at any level of your career. Leaders who display a high level of emotional intelligence are more likely to build trust with clients, enjoy better rapport with their teams and achieve greater success for their organisations, which follows through to their personal accomplishments.

We’ve all been there.

You know, at that moment in an awkward business, social or community environment when it becomes pretty clear to most parties involved that one among you has an alarming lack of self-awareness. Whether that reality is betrayed by one’s behavior or language, such a lack of self-awareness is often a signal to others to disengage, maybe for good. Maybe this was you at a younger age, or at decidedly different point in your career.

Whatever the case, the key is understanding yourself – your tendencies, your style, your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to interacting with others in the workplace – so you can put your best self forward and maximize your potential as a global business executive. This self-realisation, which can be bolstered by raising your understanding of emotional intelligence (how your actions impact others), is an important first step toward taking your relationship building skills to the next level.

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